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Rotisserie Chicken in NYC

Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 08:16 AM

I'm searching specifically for good rotisserie chicken in Manhattan - not grilled, not BBQ, not fried - just plain, simple, tasty rotisserie chicken. Preferably with a good side of fries. Any suggestions?

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    kpsquared RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 08:41 AM

    Try L'Express on Park Ave South.

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      Desidero RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 09:07 AM

      The Peruvian restaurant Pardo's on 7th Ave. South makes a very good rotisserie chicken.

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        sing me a bar RE: Desidero Jan 15, 2008 10:31 AM

        Pardo's has gone down big time! It used to be a good bird, now whatever they're buying is kind of rubbery and weird textured.

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        TipsyMcStagger RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 09:40 AM

        Doesn't get any better than Pio Pio with a side of yuca frita!

        Several locations.


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          lookingforpig RE: TipsyMcStagger Jan 15, 2008 11:03 AM


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            jakew8 RE: TipsyMcStagger Jan 15, 2008 11:50 AM

            Thirded. Pio Pio hands down. I haven't even heard of Pardo's or El Malecon but I'll bet anyone $1000 that Pio Pio is better. It's that good.

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              xigua RE: TipsyMcStagger Jan 15, 2008 01:15 PM

              Agreed. Although I've only been to the UWS branch, which is said to be not as good as the other branches, still the chicken really stood out. And cheap!

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              aahnnt RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 10:00 AM

              el malecon (wahi, uws, bronx) is always solid - makes my mouth water thinking about it . . .www.maleconrestaurants.com

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                harrison RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 12:08 PM

                pio pio for sure.

                picnic - 102rd and broadway or so makes a great one.

                i know some people aren't fans, but i still like citarella's.

                1. Ora RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 12:16 PM

                  I agree with all of the above suggestions, but add Fairway-Latin Chicken. It is quite good for a supermarket rotisserie chicken and its cheap for a take home option.

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                    harrison RE: Ora Jan 15, 2008 12:29 PM

                    I do like the fairway latin, but find it on the dry side more often than not.

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                      Brian W RE: harrison Jan 15, 2008 02:13 PM

                      I agree, Fairway Latin chicken is ok but usually dry. The hands-down best rotisserie chicken I have found is at Costco. Unbelievable, huh?

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                      sugartoof RE: Ora Jan 15, 2008 09:51 PM

                      Fairway was the first that came to my mind too! It's by far my favorite rotisserie chicken, but I do like mine dry to begin with. The Latin is dryer then the other variaties, like the Herb, so there are other "flavors" which are moister.

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                        Ora RE: sugartoof Jan 16, 2008 08:05 AM

                        The dryness has to do with how long the chicken has been sitting in the warmer tray. I've had both dry and moist chickens from Fairway. If you can catch one straight off the rotissiere, it is quite good and as I said--cheap!

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                          sugartoof RE: Ora Jan 16, 2008 02:07 PM

                          i agree. i think they just let the latin spin a little longer to get the skin nice and dark.

                    3. financialdistrictresident RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 12:31 PM

                      Casa Adela might be worth trying. I have only had their PR style baccalau.

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                        cimui RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 12:33 PM

                        The little touted Cafe du Soleil on the UWS has a very nice rendition, I think. And a great side of fries.

                        1. ballulah RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 01:39 PM

                          El Malecon is indeed one of the standards by which all rotisserie chicken is set in NYC. If you walk up Broadway towards 175th you can smell the chicken's roasting starting from about half a block away. It's an all night Latin joint, and if you pass by at night there are cop cars double parked in front of the spot, you'd think there'd been some kind of fracas, and then you realize it's just the cops stopping in for dinner. I think they do have fries, but you'd be better off with rice and beans. Finish up with cafe con leche.

                          That said, I do really like the rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods in Union Square. Always juicy and fresh. And hugely convenient.

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                            Striver RE: ballulah Jan 16, 2008 05:18 AM

                            Had a chicken from the Bx Malecon the other day with a side of maduros (I like maduros with just about anything!). Moist, flavorful, and totally satisfying.

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                              ballulah RE: Striver Jan 16, 2008 12:57 PM

                              I sometimes stop at Mambi on Broadway in WaHi after work and JUST get a side of maduros. Love love love. (Who am I kidding, for $3 I usually get a Cuban as well.)

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                                JFores RE: Striver Jan 18, 2008 02:38 AM

                                La Economica across the street is world's better. Malecon's chicken is good, but they give that sauce because it's sort of lacking on its own. La Economica's requires no sauce at all.

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                              BW212 RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 15, 2008 07:35 PM

                              For takeout downtown, I enjoy the ones at the Jefferson Market. Very tasty. No fries there though.

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                                Renguin RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 16, 2008 07:06 AM

                                My fav is le gamin on west houston. they have a couple other locations, but that's the only one i've been too so i can't vouch for the others.

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                                  Microcosmik RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 16, 2008 01:10 PM

                                  For a take-home option, I really recommend Fischer Bros & Leslie, on 72nd st between Broadway and West End. This kosher butcher has a fantastic rotisserie chicken

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                                    fooodie RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 16, 2008 01:48 PM

                                    Don't knock it until you've tried it --- There are two Boston Markets in Manhattan, one on 10th ave between 57th and 58th and one on 23rd and 8th. Their chicken is suprisingly good - super moist and tasty. I don't know about fries, but they have plenty of other sides and it's super cheap.

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                                      ballulah RE: fooodie Jan 16, 2008 02:03 PM

                                      I actually stop by the one on 23rd after work occasionally, and the thing I don't like about Boston Market is that the chickens themselves aren't of very good quality. They use the super large, factory farm raised chickens and you can tell by the mealy, stringy quality of the meat. The seasonings are good, though, and I love the sides.

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                                        jenniebnyc RE: ballulah Jan 16, 2008 03:55 PM

                                        My Dagastinos has the best rot. chicken. People wait around the store til they come out hot. Yum.

                                        Another good place to get them for takeout is Citarella

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                                          sing me a bar RE: jenniebnyc Jan 16, 2008 05:51 PM

                                          It's really a matter of luck to get one hot at Citarella on 6th Ave. They are almost invariably cold. I do like the herbal seasoning on them, but for the neighborhood, Jefferson Market still rules the roost. Roost! See what I did there?

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                                      vinegarhill RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 17, 2008 06:25 PM

                                      I also love the chicken at El Malecon. Make sure you get some green sauce, which is a delicious mixture of lime and garlic. I've never had fries there but the tostones are pretty great.

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                                        JFores RE: Tynemouth1 Jan 18, 2008 02:37 AM

                                        Malecon on 175th and Broadway, but the real gold is further north on B'way in the Bronx: La Economica. It's across from the Malecon in the Bronx.

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